Streets Turned into 'Dumping Grounds' When Students Depart
Departing students 'dumping rubbish'
Residents in Birmingham, Coventry, Manchester and Leeds have complained about streets being turned into "dumping grounds" when students depart.
Fire crews in Birmingham say the fly-tipping is a hazard - one resident in Selly Oak, a suburb popular with students, said it happened every year.
A Coventry councillor said she wanted the city's university to do more.
Jayne Innes said she would be pushing for the university "to be the first point of contact when there's a problem".
"They need to be making the first approach to the students that are causing these types of problems," the Labour councillor said.
The university said it received very few complaints about waste-related issues but if any arose, they should be taken to the city council and, where appropriate, the police.
"Depending on the outcome of the investigation by these bodies, students may be subject to the university's disciplinary proceedings," a spokesman said.
The university has produced guidance to students on waste and recycling and has also linked up with the British Heart Foundation to provide clothing banks to encourage students to donate unwanted items.
In Leeds, the Labour councillor for Headingley and Hyde Park, Neil Walshaw, posted images of accumulating rubbish bags and urged students to dispose of their waste correctly.
Headingley Greens also tweeted about the fly-tipping in the area, where many students live in term time, saying "enough is enough".
In Birmingham, Natalia Hurst, a University of Birmingham graduate, wrote about her anger at the state of streets in parts of Selly Oak after students had moved out.
She praised the binmen "who just cleared my entire street of the huge pile-up of student fly-tipping", adding that their extra work in the hot weather was much appreciated.
The Manchester Evening News reported on "Binmageddon" in Fallowfield as students and landlords were blamed for leaving behind rotting food and unwanted electrical items.
Twitter user @binwars posted a video on YouTube highlighting the rubbish students were leaving in south Manchester.
Manchester University issued a statement last week saying it was aware of an "unpleasant" build-up of rubbish, adding that Manchester Student Homes was working with the city council.
[BBC News Tuesday 10 July 2018
'Binmageddon' - Parts of Fallowfield have been turned into a giant rubbish dump - and this is why
Maggots, rotting food and electrical items have all been spotted on residential streets
Students and ‘irresponsible’ landlords have been blamed for mountains of filthy rubbish left spilling out of bins and alleyways in south Manchester.
Maggots, rotting food and electrical items have all been spotted on residential streets around Fallowfield and Rusholme.
And residents and councillors have laid the blame firmly at the door of ‘irresponsible’ landlords.
They claim that landlords clearing out student properties at the end of the academic year have dumped piles of rubbish in alleyways and on streets.
Manchester Council say they have hired additional wagons to collect ‘student waste’ and will work with the universities to ensure they play more of a ‘pivotal role in preventing such a situation developing in future years’.
But one neighbour says the problem shows no signs of stopping and has even termed the annual end of term phenomena ‘binmageddon’.
Paul Jeffries has been calling for improvements for years through his ‘Bin Wars’ Twitter account.
“I want the council to acknowledge that it is not doing enough,” he said. “I want them to look at their own mistakes and work out a better plan for enforcement.
“The people who cause these problems should be held to account.”
Paul says rubbish has been piling up for a number of weeks but the problem is currently ‘at its peak’.
He added: “It’s just the same old problem year after year.
“It looks like tenants’ belongings so the logical things to do would be for landlords to keep the deposit if the properties are left in a poor condition.”
An M.E.N photographer snapped images of piles and piles of rubbish on Cawdor Road, Furness Road, Landcross Road and Riga Road, all in Fallowfield and Rusholme.
However, residents have also reported the problem on other residential streets throughout Fallowfield, Rusholme and Withington, where there are high numbers of houses in multiple occupation.
Coun Rabnawaz Akbar, Manchester Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “These incidents of fly-tipping are wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Our team have already begun the process of clearing the illegally dumped waste and we will have two crews working day and night on this throughout the coming week.
“We will also be meeting the city’s universities, to examine how we can avoid any repeat of this situation in future years.
“We have a number of prosecutions ongoing against fly-tippers in areas affected by student waste and our efforts to punish offenders will continue.”
[Beth Abbit, Manchester Evening News, Monday 2 July 2018